Olmo and the Seagull

Year of participation 2016
Program Documentary Competition

Olmo and the Seagull
Producer(s) Charlotte Pedersen, Tiago Pavan, Luis Urbano
Director(s) Petra Costa, Lea Glob
Script Petra Costa
Director of Photography Muhammed Hamdy, Nadim Carlsen, Lisa Persson
Music by Philip Glass
Sound Cecile Chagnaud
Edit Marina Meliande, David Barker, Thor Martin Duus Ochsner, Tina Baz
Cast Olivia Corsini, Serge Nicolai, Arman Saribekyan, Sylvain Jailloux, Francis Ressort
Production company(-ies) Zentropa Entertainments, Busca Vida Filmes, O Som e a Fúria


A journey through the labyrinth of a woman’s mind, Olmo And The Seagull tells the story of Olivia, a free-spirited stage actress preparing for a starring role as Arkadina in a theatrical production of Chekhov’s The Seagull. As the play starts to take shape, Olivia and her boyfriend, Serge, whom she first met on the stage of the Theatre du Soleil, discover she is pregnant. Initially, she thinks she can have it all, until an unexpected setback threatens her pregnancy and brings her life to a standstill. Olivia's desire for freedom and success clashes with the limits imposed by her own body and the baby growing inside her. The months of her pregnancy unfold as a rite of passage, forcing the actress to confront her deepest fears. She looks in the mirror and sees both female characters of The Seagull - Arkadina, the aging actress, and Nina, the actress that falls into madness - as unsettling reflections of herself.

Best film, Junior Jury Award, Locarno IFF, 2015, Best Documentary, Rio IFF, 2015, Special Mention (Jury Award) for Directors, Cairo International Film Critics Week, 2015, Best Film, FEMCine 1st Prize, Chile, 2016, FIPRESCI Award, Uruguay IFF, 2016

Moscow Cinema
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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